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Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Day 11: Vinyl & Video Game Releases

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Welcome back for the final day of Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, dear readers! It’s been a wild ride over the last few weeks, with everything from toys and games to apparel to enamel pins to artwork and so much more, and for Day 11, we’re wrapping things up with a look at some of the best genre-related vinyl and video game releases from the last 365 days.

And since today is our final 2017 Holiday Gift Guide entry, here’s one last reminder: Daily Dead has once again put together some really cool Holiday Gift Guide prize packs this year, and for your chance to win one, just send an email to contest@dailydead.com with “Holiday Gift Guide” in the subject line and be sure to include your full name and mailing address for your shot at some free horror-tastic goodies (limited to those who are eighteen years
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Blu-ray Review: Warlock Collection [Vestron Video Collector’s Series]

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Horror was in a weird place in the early 1990s. Most of the big franchises of the ’80s had more or less run their course, and in their place were a handful of new “icons” that would be turned into franchises whether it was warranted or not: the Child’s Play movies continued to be a growing concern, as did Candyman and Hellraiser and Leprechaun. One attempt to launch a new franchise that never quite took was 1991’s Warlock, which inspired two sequels of varying quality before calling it quits. All three films are now gathered together on Blu-ray for the first time as part of the Warlock Collection, the latest in the Vestron Video Collector’s Series from Lionsgate.

The original Warlock is genuinely something special—maybe not a new classic, but certainly a really good version of what it is. It’s a film with an impressive
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The Bottom Shelf: Return Of The Living Dead 3, The Evil Within and The Jerk, Too

Nick Aldwinckle Sep 14, 2017

Our round up of horror and genre DVDs and Blu-rays returns, with some solid titles, and The Jerk sequel...

So, whilst Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump are comparing the size of their nuclear weapons and super-storms are battering the world’s coastlines, the head of Nato is describing the present moment as the “most dangerous in a generation”. With any luck, the inevitable apocalypse may bring with it some fun real-life zombie larks to bring some light to the fast-approaching nuclear winter: what more prescient documentary-drama could there be, therefore, than Re-Animator cult hero Brian Yuzna’s Return Of The Living Dead 3?

Resurrected this month on Blu-ray as part of the gloriously tacky Vestron Video Collection, the second sequel to Dan O'Bannon’s classic eighties comedy horror adopts more of an angsty nineties tone as the monster-making Trioxin chemical returns to cause havoc all over again,
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Lionsgate launch Vestron Collectors Series in UK

If you’ve been keeping any eye on the BBFC website this news won’t come as that much of a surprise… However, Lionsgate UK have officially announced today the launch of the Vestron Collectors Series line of Blu-rays here in the UK! Yes, no longer will you have to fork over £30-40 to import the well-received Vestron Blus, instead you can get them right here in Blighty. The catch? It looks, at least from this announcement, that we won’t be getting All the Vestron titles – after all, there’s no Waxwork 2 included on the UK Blu.

From the press release:

Blood Diner

Restored and remastered, this Unrated Version has never been on Blu-ray!

Grab a table at the Blood Diner—a cut above the rest! The Tutman Brothers run the most popular restaurant in town. Popular, that is, if you’re the county coroner! The “Head” chef has
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Carnaby launches Middle East-set sci-fi 'The Shrine'

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Carnaby launches Middle East-set sci-fi 'The Shrine'
Exclusive: Anthony Hickox to direct for producer Sebastian Pearson [pictured].

UK sales outfit Carnaby International has acquired worldwide sales rights to sci-fi thriller The Shrine and will be introducing the project to buyers at Cannes.

Set against the backdrop of war in the middle east, when a Us drone strikes a rebel convoy, a blackout engulfs the Syrian-Turkish border. The Us and Turkish military team up to investigate, stumbling upon a shrine at a mosque in a deserted town. What they find buried beneath will test the soldiers’ faith.

Sebastian Pearson is producing for his banner Pearson Films, his previous credits include Snatch and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels as an associate producer. Anthony Hickox (Waxwork, Hellraiser III) will direct and has penned the screenplay.

Production is slated for early 2018, with cast to be announced at a later date.

The deal was brokered by Carnaby’s joint CEO Sean O’Kelly with Seabastian Pearson.

Pearson commented:
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Vestron Video’s ‘Wishmaster Collection’ Brings the Evil Djinn Into HD

The films are an example of diminishing returns, but the collection is more than the franchise’s fans could have wished for.

There are rumors that Lionsgate’s fantastic Vestron Video line of remastered, supplement-filled Blu-rays celebrating horror films from the ’80s and ’90s may be closing up shop. It’s unconfirmed, and LG themselves have been mum on the subject, but it would be an unfortunate turn of events for genre fans if true. They’re only nine releases in, but already they’ve done tremendous work with fantastic new editions of fun classics like Chopping Mall, Waxwork, and The Gate.

Their most recent release, and possibly their last if the rumor proves true, is the four-film Wishmaster Collection. As someone who had never seen the first film and was utterly unaware that three sequels even existed this set offered a first-time watch across the board. So of course I binge-watched all four across a single
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Waxwork and Waxwork II Lost in Time Blu Ray Review

Waxwork and Waxwork II Lost in Time Blu Ray Review
Director: Anthony Hickox Cast: Zach Galligan, Bruce Campbell, Alexander Godunov, David Carradine, Deborah Foreman, John Rhys-Davies, Michelle Johnson, Sophie Ward, Marina Sirtis, Monika Schnarre, Martin Kemp, David Warner, Mihaly ‘Michu’ Meszaros. Lionsgate has compiled a collectors edition Blu-Ray of the cult horror/fantasy classics Waxwork (1988) and Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1991). Waxwork Review Mark […]

The post Waxwork and Waxwork II Lost in Time Blu Ray Review appeared first on Shockya.com.
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It Came From The Tube: Cast A Deadly Spell (1991)

Melding together genres seldom works. It’s a delicate balancing act; tone is key, and when either (or both) are off the whole thing can come crashing down. By 1991, HBO was already offering up original programming and decided to create a whole new sub genre – horror noir. The result was Cast a Deadly Spell, a very entertaining and perfectly concocted mixture of 1940s detective story and supernatural terror. And when the balance is right, like it is here, the results are sublime.

Originally airing on HBO on Saturday, September 7th, CaDS was met with critical acclaim as a riotous mashup of Bogart and the Dark Arts, treating audiences to a unique blend of murder and magic.

Let’s open up our sacred book of incantations, TV Guide, and see what we’re in for:

Cast A Deadly Spell (HBO, Sept. 7th)

L.A., 1948. Private eye Harry Philip Lovecraft is hired
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Practical-ly Perfect: Celebrating the Special Effects of Hellraiser

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Clive Barker’s feature film directorial debut, Hellraiser is a remarkable cinematic experience for numerous reasons. Released in 1987, Hellraiser forged Barker’s career in the realm of cinema after he enjoyed success in the literary world, pushed the boundaries of the horror genre in ways audiences had never seen before, and also introduced us to Doug Bradley as an exciting new face in horror, firmly establishing his character as an icon whose influence would resonate for decades (and decades) to come.

And, of course, one of the biggest components of Hellraiser’s perversely wonderful success are the special effects brought to life by designer Bob Keen and his insanely ambitious and talented crew. With all that in mind, for this installment of Practical-ly Perfect, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the brilliant special effects of Hellraiser and hear more from Keen about his experiences collaborating with Barker and
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Shudder announce new additions for January

Offering new premieres and exclusives every month, Shudder has a unique library of hard-to-find international and independent films, something for both casual and hardcore fans of horror. With that in mind, here’s the rundown of the new arrivals and UK exclusives and premieres for January…

Exclusive: Sadako Vs Kayako (Dir. Koji Shiraishi)

UK streaming Premiere. Exclusively on Shudder from 26th Jan

The mega ghouls of Japanese-horror face off in this Tiff Midnight Madness closing film monster mash-up of Ju-On (The Grudge) and Ringu (The Ring). After reviving the evil spirits of Sadako and Kayako, two university students and a high school girl quickly realize the only way to outsmart these vengeful spirits hell-bent on haunting is to pit them head-to-head.

New to Shudder this month:

The Driller Killer - After a successful Us release in 1979, Driller Killer ignited the UK “video nasty” controversies of the 1980s, resulting in 15-year
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 7 – Gallery 1988, Vestron Video Blu-rays, teeVillain, Gris Grimly, Star Wars Games for Kids & More!

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Welcome back for Day 7 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For today’s gift guide, we’re going to take a look at Gallery 1988's amazing artwork, teeVillain, the Back to the Future soundtrack, several of the great Vestron Video Blu-rays released this year, Star Wars-themed kids' games, horror necklaces, and more.

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with Texas-based artist Dustin Pace of Duddy
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Vestron Classics Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost In Time on Blu-ray Oct. 18th

The Vestron Video Collector’s Series unleashes the tongue-in-cheek horror classics Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost In Time for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ on October 18 from Lionsgate. In Waxwork, a private midnight showing at a local wax museum turns to mayhem when its soul-sucking wax exhibits come to life! In Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Mark and Sarah, who survived the killer wax museum, must travel to another dimension to combat the still-present evil figure responsible for murdering Sarah’s stepfather. The Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time Blu-ray double feature includes all-new special features and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99.

Waxwork Official Synopsis

Inside the wax museum a group of teenagers are aghast at the hauntingly lifelike wax displays of Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and other character members of the Horror Hall of Fame. Each display is perfectly grotesque, yet each
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Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost In Time Double Feature Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

Lionsgate recently announced that Chopping Mall and Blood Diner will be released as the first two Blu-rays in their Vestron Video Collector’s Series, and now they have revealed release details and cover artwork for the third entry in the series: a double feature Blu-ray of Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time:

Press Release: The Vestron Video Collector’s Series unleashes the tongue-in-cheek horror classics Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ on October 18 from Lionsgate. In Waxwork, a private midnight showing at a local wax museum turns to mayhem when its soul-sucking wax exhibits come to life! In Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Mark and Sarah, who survived the killer wax museum, must travel to another dimension to combat the still-present evil figure responsible for murdering Sarah’s stepfather. The Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time Blu-ray double feature
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Newswire: Vestron announces more genre re-releases, including Waxwork and Return Of The Living Dead 3

Yesterday, The A.V. Club reported on the return of Vestron Video with a newly re-mastered Blu-Ray release of Blood Diner. Now Lionsgate has heaped more good news upon VHS collectors who want to keep their prized copies in pristine condition, announcing a slew of titles from the Vestron catalog of “special interest videos, independent films, B-movies and TV movies.”

Lionsgate confirmed that in addition to the Barbara Crampton killer robot flick Chopping Mall (which does not actually feature any chopping) the company will be unleashing re-mastered editions of Brian Yuzna’s kinky Return Of The Living Dead 3, as well as the campy C.H.U.D II: Bud The Chud.

Also of interest is the Waxwork/Waxwork II: Lost In Time double feature, which will be available for a limited time. Artisan previously released a bare-bones DVD set that included Anthony Hickox’s underrated original—a wild tribute
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Interview: Legendary SFX Artist Mark Coulier Talks Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

In 1813, renowned writer Jane Austen published a book called Pride and Prejudice, which tells the story of the Bennet sisters, who are gussied up and married off to wealthy suitors, one by one. The only sister who seems to question this system is Elizabeth, the rebellious member of the family, who feels strong disdain for the system that treats her more like property than a proper citizen. In 2009, author Seth Grahame-Smith put a new twist on the old tale by creating a parody novel called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which loosely follows the same basic outline, but adds an entirely different obstacle to the tale: the living dead.

In Grahame-Smith’s story, the girls are not only fighting for the right to be married into regal families, but also battling for their lives on a daily basis. An outbreak has occurred within these humble streets, and now flesh-eating zombies
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Waxwork (1988)

The late ’80s provided a veritable potpourri for horror film fanatics. Slashers had petered out, and filmmakers were keen on exploring other avenues, everything from a parasitic drug slug (Brain Damage) to possession (The Unholy), and all points in-between. Of course, mileage may vary, and many have fallen through the cracks or are best forgotten. Possibly one of the oddest of the bunch is Anthony Hickox’s Waxwork (1988), a goofball mixture of Hammer and Amicus brought kicking and screaming into the modern era with a touch o’ teen comedy sensibility. And in horror, odd never hurts—and sometimes it even helps create an unassuming delight such as this.

Produced and distributed by Vestron Pictures, who scored big the previous year with the terrifying Dirty Dancing, Waxwork was given a limited release in June in the Us and the rest of the world the following year. Made for $1,500,000, it only returned $800,000 domestically.
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Q&A: Director Ian Kessner on Lost After Dark, Waxwork Remake and More

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Now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment is Lost After Dark, a 1980s-set horror film that pays homage to that decade's slasher heyday while also instilling its own scares onscreen. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Lost After Dark director/co-writer Ian Kessner, who discussed ’80s influences, a funny Robert Patrick anecdote, and his in-the-works remake of 1988's Waxwork.

Thanks for taking the time to converse with us today, Ian. Lost After Dark is a blood-splattered homage to ’80s horror films. What movies, TV shows, or other pop culture memories from that decade influenced your approach to Lost After Dark?

Ian Kessner: My pleasure, big fan of Daily Dead. The film that influenced my approach the most was the original Friday the 13th, but Halloween, Happy Birthday to Me and a bunch of others all found their way in there. I also
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R.I.P. Patrick Macnee (1922 – 2015)

Actor Patrick Macnee – who was best known for his role as secret agent John Steed in the classic 1960s spy series The Avengers – has passed away at his home in California on Thursday, aged 93.

Born in London in 1922, Macnee studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art but had to put his fledgling acting career on hold when he was called up to serve in the Royal Navy during World War II.

Following his service, he appeared in films such as Scrooge (151) and The Battle of the River Plate, before securing his career defining turn in The Avengers, which ran between 1961 and 1969.

Macnee would reprise the role of John Steed for the 1976 revival The New Avengers, while his subsequent credits included the likes of The Howling, This Is Spinal Tap, A View to a Kill and Waxwork. He also lent his voice to Invisible Jones in the 1998 feature adaptation of The Avengers,
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Patrick Macnee dies by Jennie Kermode - 2015-06-25 19:29:22

Patrick Macnee as John Steed

Patrick Macnee, who was much loved for his role as John Steed in The Avengers and also enjoyed a successful film career, has died at his home in California at the age of 93.

Born into a wealthy English family, Macnee studied at Eton until he was expelled for selling pornography, went on to serve in the Royal Navy and then travelled to Canada to try his hand at acting, launching a career that would last until his retirement 12 years ago.

Following an early appearance in The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp, he went on to deliver notable performances in films including The Howling, Waxwork, A View To A Kill and This Is Spinal Tap. He lent his vocal talents to Battlestar Galactica and challenged Columbo. Alongside the Avengers, he appeared in other classic TV series like Rawhide and Magnum Pi. He played both Sherlock Holmes and Doctor.
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30 years since Gremlins: Stars of the Christmas cult classic then and now

30 years since Gremlins: Stars of the Christmas cult classic then and now
Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a heavily tinseled tree, a tipple before midday and Gremlins on the telly at some point during the day.

The Joe Dante-directed black cult comedy sees protagonist Billy Peltzer being gifted with Gizmo, a cute furry Mogwai discovered by his inventor father in a mysterious Chinatown antique store.

Of course the creature comes with three special instructions which, if not adhered to, result in the spawning of grizzly Gremlins hell-bent on havoc.

The Steven Spielberg-produced movie - which is

currently being fast-tracked by Warner Bros for a remake - celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year, and here's what the main cast members got up to after the movie's success:

1. Zach Galligan

Zach Galligan plays William 'Billy' Peltzer who becomes enthralled by his unusual Christmas gift - yet careless with the three golden Gizmo rules.

Galligan's notable film roles following the success
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